A few weeks back I linked to a post on ad hoc MOM about her gripe about not being able to send her child to school on Memorial Day despite the fact that she paid for it. As I read that post, I found myself nodding my head in agreement. I also had to keep my daughter home from school that day even though I paid for the full month.
But my day care has taken it to a whole new level for July. The school has designated July 5-July 9 as “vacation” week, but parents are still required to pay a full month’s tuition. What’s worse is that they’re offering “vacation care” for that week, but parents have to pay for it. What?!
Now I understand that teachers need vacation and I was initially fine with paying for a full month even though my daughter would only be able to attend for 3 weeks. But I find it absolutely ridiculous that the school is trying to suck even more money out of parents by offering “vacation care” at an additional charge. If you’re going to close the school, close the school and let parents make other arrangements. But don’t act like you’re doing us a favor by offering care during this time, but making us pay for it, when technically we have already paid for this week.
Obviously, I’m not paying double for my daughter to go school the week after July 4th–her school is good, but it is not that good. Instead, I’m stocking up on crafts for her to do with her aunt, who’s generously offered to watch her during the day. Here’s what’s planned for the week:
I’m having my daughter decorate this piggy bank ($10) so she can start saving all that change she collects.
My daughter will be two in July, which means she can start playing with playdough. I’m getting this eco playdough ($20) because it’s all-natural and won’t harm her if she slips a little in her mouth.
To keep my little girl from writing on her aunt’s walls, I’m packing these chunky chalks ($5) in her bag so she can create some sidewalk art.
For more permanent art projects, I’m investing in this wall easel ($52). It comes with cups for art supplies and mounts easily with no assembly required.
I have a Dora fanatic on my hands, so I’m positive this giant coloring book ($8) will keep her occupied for at least a few hours.
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